Ambition In Motion – AIM

A Day Habilitation Program Without Walls

Ambition in Motion – AIM is a day habilitation program without walls moptailored to the individual needs, talents and interests of participants that provides young adults with disabilities a sense of independence and self-reliance through diverse experiences. Participants in our program learn the life skills they need while enjoying volunteer and recreational activities.

Designed for adults whose skill level would normally keep them from participating in a traditional supported work program, AIM is a unique concept that creates opportunities for disabled individuals to interact with, and contribute to, the local community while learning vital life and job skills.

Participants are scheduled throughout the day in a variety of recreational and vocational activities including food shopping and preparation, landscaping and office tasks, to name a few. Each activity is treated as a teachable moment that can enhance each participant’s daily life and provide the foundation for independent, productive lives.

Doug at Guitar Center in Danbury CTGiving back to the community is a vital part of the program, with participants volunteering at local libraries, animal shelters and recreation centers, among others. Bowling, basketball and other physical activities are also part of the program, which helps participants gain self-esteem, confidence and social skills as they learn to be part of the community in which they live.

We bridge the gap from school to life as an adult by teaching skills needed for independent day-to-day activities while preparing participants to be more job-ready. Whether it is shredding or mailing documents, cooking lunch or cleaning the office, AIM participants have a full day of worthwhile activities, with the added benefit of socialization with new friends and the community in which they live.

Dave and Doug at Flex

Doug and Greg (top photo) spend their days doing activities that include office cleaning and document shredding, although a stop at the Guitar Center in Danbury is a favorite activity for Doug, (photo left). The AIM vehicle (above), is often filled with recyclables, plant material, groceries, laundry and/or sports equipment!

Each AIM group consists of up to three full-time and three part-time participants and a CAREERS Community Instructor. The Program runs Monday thru Friday between 8:00 am and 3:30 pm (excluding holidays).

Understanding that there are many needs to be addressed for this population, transportation is provided to AIM participants in Westchester and Putnam Counties. If you have questions, or know someone who would benefit from joining our group, please call Rebecca Appleyard at (845) 225-8007.

Putnam County and upper Westchester brochure

Mid-to-lower Westchester County brochure

Iona AIM brochure